The Automatic Salary deduction of 2 dollars from every Muslim full-time civil servant as contribution to the Charity Fund for Construction of Mosques in Brunei Darussalam is voluntary and not mandatory. In fact, every individual still has the option whether to participate or not.
The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs said that His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to the support for the Brunei Islamic Religious Council to fix the salary cuts which will be implemented in June. Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Aziz bin Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Haji Mohd Yussof explained the matter yesterday at a Media Conference on the contribution from Automatic Salary Deduction for Government Officers and Staff for the Fund for Construction of Mosques in Brunei Darussalam.
According to Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Aziz, civil servants who do not wish to take part in the contribution scheme or wish to increase the amount of the contribution can do so by making administrative arrangements through the Finance Section at the Ministry or through their respective departments by filling in the forms provided. If the responses from civil servants who do not wish to participate in the scheme are not received by the 31st of May 2017, then the wage cuts of 2 Brunei Dollars for each civil servant will be carried out automatically as of June 2017 onwards.
Since its establishment in June 2015 until the 31st of March this year, the Charity Fund for the Construction of Mosques in Brunei Darussalam had collected nearly $5,000,000. Out of the total, over $780,000 were collected through salary cuts from more than 5,000 civil servants. The funds collected for the project thus far will be used to finance the construction of the Kampung Tanjung Bunut Mosque costing $3,500,000 million dollars.